Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine

Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine

Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of the president's personal lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE, and a key figure in the pressure campaign against Ukraine that is at the center of the impeachment proceedings says he does not believe that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham MORE (D) did anything wrong regarding his past decisions in the country. 

In an interview Wednesday with MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowTrump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record Susan Rice 'humbled and honored' by rumors Biden considering her for VP Trump touts ratings for rally, Fox News town hall: 'These are the real polls' MORE, Parnas said that after reviewing Biden's efforts to oust a former top prosecutor in Ukraine who was purportedly corrupt, Parnas thought Biden had acted appropriately.

"After analyzing all the evidence and sitting back and really understanding what's going on, I don't think Vice President Biden did anything wrong. I think he was protecting our country and getting rid of, probably, a crooked attorney general," Parnas said.

ADVERTISEMENT

His statement comes after claims made by President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE and Giuliani that Biden's efforts to oust the prosecutor were motivated by the prosecutor's investigation into Burisma, a company for which Biden's son, Hunter, served as a board member. These claims, however, have been unsubstantiated. 

During his interview Wednesday, Parnas alleged that Trump's interest in Ukraine had nothing to do with rooting out corruption in the country but hinged solely on his efforts to discredit Biden.

ADVERTISEMENT

"[I]t was never about corruption," Parnas said. "It was never — it was strictly about Burisma, which included Hunter Biden and Joe Biden."

The new allegations presented by Parnas further raises questions about whether the Senate will call other witnesses — including Parnas himself and former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonSunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed MORE — to the stand during an impeachment trial that is poised to confirm the trial rules and hear oral arguments in the near future. 

Parnas's account supports Democrats' claims that the president withheld military aid to Ukraine over his desire for the nation's then-newly elected president to launch an investigation into Biden, a top candidate for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination.